Getting “Under The Skin” of Mankind in Scotland

Getting “Under The Skin” of Mankind in Scotland

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under_the_skin_xlgWhen I read about Scarlett Johansson’s latest film, Under The Skin, which was released in U.S. theaters earlier this month, the first question I asked myself was “Why Scotland?”

“Why Scotland?” was an important question for me to have answered, since “place” is usually an important “character” in movies reviewed on Tales Told From The Road.

According to what I’ve read about the film, Johansson’s character is an attractive woman who speaks with a London accent, and who drives around Scotland in a white van while wearing a black wig and fake fur coat and looking for guys to pick up.


Well, I’d probably be yawning if that’s all that she was up to. But, of course, it isn’t.

As it turns out, she’s an alien sent here to “harvest” men for her home planet.

But why is she tooling around Glasgow and not Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or given the fact that she can speak “the Queen’s English,” London, where she supposedly hails from?

How does this “spider woman” entangle men in her web? Apparently by shedding her fur coat so they are bedazzled by her feminine parts which are scantily covered by black lingerie.

Although some reviewers apparently gave the film high marks, Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times found it “not easy to pin down” and that filmmaker Johnathan Glazer “raises more questions than he answers.”

And Michael Phillips, writing for the Chicago Tribune, says: “Minds will be blown to the four winds. And — fair warning — a percentage of American ticket buyers may find themselves exasperated and/or exiting early.”

If you are a sci-fi movie fan, like me, Under The Skin may appeal to you. But should you pay big bucks to see it on the “big screen” of your local theater, or simply wait until it’s available on DVD or via streaming video?

The only way to find out the answer to that question may be to travel to Glasgow and hang out on its streets until the woman in the black wig and fake fur coat drives up and offers you a lift. Then you can ask her yourself.

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